St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* St. John's Christmas Giving Tree
You may bring your Angel gift to the school office by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Please call Maureen Taylor at 618-923-1509 with any questions. Thank you for your participation and wonderful generosity!

* EDGE Youth Group
Join EDGE as we discover more to the Corporal Works of Mercy. All youth grades 5-12 are welcomed to EDGE youth group for fun, faith and fellowship. The next EDGE night will be Sunday, December 18, 2016, from 6:00-8:30 pm. Theme: Christmas Party. Food will be provided. Bring a $5 wrapped gift for white elephant. Youth do not have to be Catholic, so bring your friends!
For more information, please contact Emma Tuthill at 618-982-9204 or

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Topics: Mary & the Saints & The Rosary
Presenter: Ellen Popit
Questions: Sister Laura Reynolds-618-923-4345
Everyone is welcome!

* The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… bringing God’s mercy to those who need it most
The ministries and programs that rely on The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal ensure the healing, teaching and redemptive presence of Jesus Christ for the people of our Belleville Diocese. Yet, their work cannot continue without your help and support. We ask for your continued prayers for the success of the appeal and, if you are able, please consider making a gift. No amount is too large or small. Thank you and God bless!

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

Santa Land begins this week. Set up will be December 5th and the students can shop December 6th and 7th.

The Parent's Association meeting is Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 6:30 pm in the Social Room.

Friday, December 9th we have an in-service scheduled. We had scheduled dismissal for 1:15 pm. We are going to be working on scenery for the Musical and planning for Catholic Schools Week, so we have decided to dismiss at 11:30 am so we can have more time to complete these tasks. We hope this does not cause any inconvenience to you. There will be no lunch or afternoon bus. Thank you.

The 7/8 basketball team has a home game on Monday, December 12, 2016, at 6pm.

The school musical will be Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 6:30 pm in the gym.

The 2nd quarter ends Friday, December 16th. Report cards will be sent home after the Christmas break.

The last day of school before Christmas break is Friday, December 16th. School resumes from Christmas break on Monday, January 2".

The 7/8 basketball team has home games on January 5th at 6 pm against St. Mary's from Salem and on Wednesday, January 11 against Akin at 6pm.

Catholic Schools Week is January 29th — February 3rd. The week begins with 10 am Mass and Brunch on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Brunch will follow the Mass.

Keep sending in those boxtops. There will be another submission date in the Spring.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.